Sep172011

New DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels around the globe

DoubleTree Hotels are Hilton’s upscale brand acquired in 1999. There are currently more than 250 DoubleTree Hotels around the globe with most located in the U.S. The hotel brand’s best known feature is the chocolate chip cookie guests receive at check-in.

In my experience DoubleTree Hotels are more variable in property standards than other Hilton brands with many of the hotels being older propeties from the 1970s and 80s. Hilton recognized this shortcoming of the brand and 2011 has seen a global campaign to upgrade the customer image for DoubleTree Hotels.

Hilton unveiled a redesigned DoubleTree logo in October 2010 and officially renamed the brand DoubleTree by Hilton.

The global penetration of the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is apparent in the newly opened hotels and future openings comprising the greatest hotel pipeline in the brand’s history. The first DoubleTree Hotels in Romania and India opened this year. A DoubleTree by Hilton was even recently announced for Erbil, Iraq in 2013.

Newly opened DoubleTree Hotels in USA

Huntsville, AL DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Huntsville South (Coming 1st Quarter 2012)

American Canyon, CA DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley – American Canyon Opened April 2011

Culver City, CA DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles – Westside  Opened April 2011

Long Beach, CA Hotel Maya – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Opened November 2010

Norwalk, CA DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles – Norwalk  Opened October 2010

Breckenridge, CO DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge is a conversion of Great Divide Lodge (Coming 4th Quarter 2011)

Denver-Thornton, CO DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver-Thornton Opened July 2011

Fort Lauderdale, FL DoubleTree by Hilton Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach (Coming 4th Quarter 2011)

Orlando, FL DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando – Downtown Opened May 2011

Sunrise, FL DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sunrise – Sawgrass Mills (Coming 4th Quarter 2011)

New Orleans, LA DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans Airport Opened November 2010

Cape Cod, MA DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Cod-Hyannis Port Coming 1st Quarter 2011

Portland, ME DoubleTree by Hilton Portland Coming 4th Quarter 2011

Baltimore, MD Doubletree by Hilton Baltimore – BWI Airport Opened April 2011

Columbia, MD DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia  Opened August 2010

Bloomington, MN DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington – Minneapolis South Opened July 2011

Raleigh, NC DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh Downtown (Coming 4th Quarter 2011)

Eatontown, NJ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tinton Falls – Eatontown  Opened September 2010

New York, NY DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York City – Financial District  Opened December 2010

Cleveland, OH DoubleTree by Hilton – The Tudor Arms Hotel  Opened August 2011

Washington, PA DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Meadow Lands  Opened March 2011

Columbia, SC DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia Opened June 2011

Irving, TX DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas-DFW Airport North Opened March 2011

San Antonio, TX DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio Downtown  Opened September 2010

 

Mexico

Merida Yucatan, Mexico DoubleTree by Hilton Merida Yucatan Coming 1st Quarter 2012

Mexico City, Mexico DoubleTree by Hilton Mexico City Airport Area Coming 1st Quarter 2012

Queretaro, Mexico DoubleTree by Hilton Queretaro  Opened July 2011

Saltillo, Mexico DoubleTree by Hilton Saltillo Coming 4th Quarter 2011

Panama

Panama City, Panama DoubleTree by Hilton Panama City  Coming 4th Quarter 2011

 

Europe and Middle East

Varna, Bulgaria DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Varna – Golden Sands  Opened December 2010

Zagreb, Croatia DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb  (Coming 2nd Quarter 2012)

Rome, Italy DoubleTree by Hilton Rome (Coming 2nd Quarter 2012)

Siena, Italy DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Siena – Chianti Coming 2nd Quarter 2012

Aqaba, Jordan DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba  Opened March 2011

Luxembourg DoubleTree by Hilton Luxembourg  Opened June 2011

Bucharest, Romania DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bucharest Unirii Square  Opened August 2011

Oradea, Romania DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea Coming 1st Quarter 2012

Ploiesti, Romania DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ploiesti Coming 1st Quarter 2012

Moscow, Russia DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Moscow – Vnukovo Airport Coming 4th Quarter 2012

Novosibirsk, Russia DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Novosibirsk  Opened September, 2010

Republic of Tatarstan, Russia DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kazan City Center Coming 4th Quarter 2012

Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia DoubleTree by Hilton Al Khobar Coming 4th Quarter 2012

Bratislava, Slovakia DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bratislava Opened May 2011

Istanbul, Turkey DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul – Avcilar Coming 1st Quarter 2012

Istanbul, Turkey DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul – Old Town Opened February 2011

Istanbul, Turkey DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul – Moda Opened March 2011

Nevsehir, Turkey DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos – Cappadocia Opened February 2011

Al Barsha, UAE DoubleTree by Hilton Al Barsha Coming 2nd Quarter 2012

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ras Al Khaimah Opened March 2011

Lincoln, England UK DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lincoln Coming 4th Quarter 2011

London, UK DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – West End Opened January 2011

Newcastle, UK DoubleTree by Hilton Newcastle Coming 4th Quarter 2011

Sheffield, UK DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Opened August 2011

 

Asia-Pacific

China and India have several DoubleTree Hotels in the pipeline. All the major chains have big expansion plans for these countries with rapidly growing markets of middle class travelers.

Chongqing North, China DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing North Coming 4th Qtr 2011

Chongqing, China DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing Wangshou Coming 3rd Quarter 2012

Hangzhou, China DoubleTree by Hilton Hangzhou Coming 4th Quarter 2012

Jiangmen, China DoubleTree by Hilton Jiangmen Coming 4th Quarter 2012

Jiaxing, China DoubleTree by Hilton Jiaxing Coming 4th Quarter 2012

Langfang, China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Langfang Coming 4th Quarter 2012

Ningbo Beilun, China DoubleTree by Hilton Ningbo Beilun Coming 3rd Quarter 2012

Ningbo Chunxiao, China DoubleTree by Hilton Ningbo Chunxiao Coming 4th Quarter 2012

Ordos China DoubleTree by Hilton Ordos Coming 2nd Quarter 2012

Sanya Haitang Bay, China DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Sanya Haitang Bay  Opened December 2010

Shenyang, China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Shenyang  Coming 1st Quarter 2012

Shenzhen-Ronqchao, China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Shenzhen-Rongchao Coming 1st Quarter, 2012

Taizhou, China DoubleTree by Hilton Taizhou Coming 4th Quarter 2011

Wuxi, China DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wuxi  Opened October 2010

Amedabad, India DoubleTree by Hilton Amedabad Coming 3rd Quarter 2012

Bangalore, India DoubleTree by Hilton Bangalore – Outer Ring Rd Coming 1st Quarter 2012

Gurgaon, India DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Gurgaon  Coming 4th Quarter 2011

Jaipur, India DoubleTree by Hilton Jaipur Coming 2nd Quarter 2012

New Delhi, India DoubleTree by Hilton New Delhi-Mayur Vihar Opened May 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur Opened August 2010

Male, Maldives DoubleTree by Hilton Male Coming 2nd Quarter 2012

Bangkok, Thailand DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit – Bangkok Coming 3rd Quarter 2012

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. There’s no way that I’d classify DoubleTree as “upscale”. Your comment on most of them being dated is bang on – I have never been in a DoubleTree without thinking that I had gone through a time warp.

  2. @Biggles209 – DoubleTree categorized as Upscale is really a low ranking in my opinion for its STR U.S. chain scale placement. Other upscale hotel brands are Courtyard, Crowne Plaza, Four Points, and Hyatt Place.

    Crowne Plaza has the same issue of too many older properties holding down the overall brand.

    In many locations the DoubleTree and Crowne Plaza are in the same competitive set as Upper Upscale hotel brands like Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Sheraton and Westin.

    @Jeff – No idea what or when Hilton plans for Q4-2011. The past two years are little indicator for 2011-12 with a much better business climate tending to push promotions toward spend based offers (2x and 3x points) rather than bonus points for stays.

  3. How many of those “new” properties are actually rebrands (downgrades?) such as the Doubletree By Hilton Luxembourg, which was a Hilton (by Hilton, I suppose) until earlier this summer. When I was there in early July, it was partially rebranded (the big sign on top of the building still said “Hilton” and so did all the traffic signs across town).

  4. @Oliver – No idea how many hotels are rebrands. Likely some hotels were rebranded from other hotel chains.

    These are just a list of the new hotels to DoubleTree this year and coming hotels. I didn’t research individual properties.

    DoubleTree Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale was a rebrand from an existing independent hotel property.

  5. Do you have any insights into what would cause a property such as the one in Luxembourg to rebrand from one Hilton brand to another? Can’t be exactly cheap. Would it be because of them not meeting (new) brand standards, thus forcing a lower brand (or worse, leaving the HHonors family altogether)? Certainly, the name “Hilton” is better known in Europe than “Doubletree” (even with the new add-on “by Hilton”).

  6. @Oliver – No real insight to the workings of hotel branding. The Hilton Monterey at the bottom of the hill from my home rebranded as the Hilton Garden Inn Monterey a few years ago.

    I repeatedly saw comments from guests claiming the hotel was not up to Hilton standards. Now it is one of the totally not your typical Hilton Garden Inn design since it is a hotel from the 1970s.

  7. @Jonathan – I have corrected this blog to read Newcastle. Hopefully someone from Hilton reads this blog and gets the spelling corrected on their website since I copied this list from the DoubleTree website.

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